The 2021 YOUNGA Forum - September 2021

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Be part of a global event for impact

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Are you an aspiring young changemaker?

Apply to be part of our 2021 Youth Delegation.
Deadline June 30.

Track - Climate Action Earth Purple

Learn the future youth want, the action we need.

2020 YOUNGA Communiqué features key policy recommendations from youth across 114 countries

Our forum gets you right up close to world leaders, decision-makers and celebrity influencers.

Schedule At A Glance

Innovation Masterminds

Youth delegates only

Live sessions that connect Youth Delegates directly with VIP speakers in an intimate immersive setting to discuss global challenges, co-create solutions and exchange ideas. Shake the hands of peers around the word.

Four Week Leadership and Training Program

Youth delegates only

Youth Delegates receive access to a bespoke four week leadership and advocacy training program by BridgingTheGap Ventures, along with curated career advancement and networking opportunities. Apply Today

Global Programming

Open to everyone

Live streamed worldwide, our mainstage features candid intergenerational fireside chats between influential leaders and young changemakers, along with immersive 360 performances using mixed-reality.

120+ Speakers United for Impact Including

Cara Delevingne

Model, actress and co-founder of MyEcoResolution

Meg Donnelly

Actress, American Housewife, Zombies and Zombies 2

Drew Ray Tanner

Actor on Riverdale, Somewhere Between and You Me Her

Darin Olien

Superfood Hunter and Co-Host, Down to Earth with Zac Efron

Kat Graham

Actress and Humanitarian

Kalen Allen

Digital Creator and Actor


Record Producer, Singer, Songwriter and Healer

Alyson Stoner

Multi-disciplinary Artist, Writer and Digital Creator

Keith Mitchell

All-Pro NFL Player turned Celebrity Yogi, Humanitarian and Founder of the Light it Up Foundation​

Nick Vujicic

Speaker, Author, Evangelist and Entrepreneur

Vishen Lakhiani

Founder and CEO of Mindvalley

Susi Mai

Professional Kitesurfer and Co-Founder of Ultramarine

Siyabulela Mandela

Great-grandson, Nelson Mandela & Regional Coordinator, Journalists for Human Rights

Yusuf Omar

Founder, Hashtag Our Stories, former CNN Social Reporter and now Mobile Journalist

Thomas Furness

The 'Grandfather of VR' and Founder of Virtual World Society

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Immersive VR/XR performances.
Inspiration from young changemakers around the world.

Broadcast worldwide on live-streaming platforms

The experience

Cross-Sector and Intergenerational Dialogues

Participate in thematic discussions that bring together media influencers, policymakers, industry experts and young changemakers under 30. Programming ensures everyone is at the table to discuss, debate and co-create solutions.

Inclusive and Accessible

YOUNGA is accessible to audiences worldwide as a virtual concert and online conference, allowing regional watch parties set up in classrooms, school campuses, community centres and offices around the globe allowing for participants to interact.

Quality Engagement

BridgingTheGap Forums speakers, partners and audience members are equals. Engage in candid conversations, interactive Q&A sessions, roundtable discussions and innovation masterminds with a diverse community of leaders on topics you are passionate about.


This is not another initiative to talk about the change we need—BridgingTheGap Forums focus on turning ideas into action. All speakers and partners will select a call-to-action for audiences to do in their community related to a cause they are passionate about.

A new kind of virtual event—immersive and interactive

It’s not enough to just be at the table. At YOUNGA you’re invited to be an active contributor.
With the use of experiential technologies, speakers can see, hear and sit with Youth Delegates as if they were in the same room.
Put your ideas at the centre of critical discussions across our thematic tracks:
Explore cross-cutting topics with experts in social innovation, technology and mindfulness.

Missed our 2020 Global Broadcast?

100+ industry partners, reaching young leaders across 243 Nations and Territories

Programming Partners

Youth Champions

Founding Chair

Kelly Lovell

CEO, BridgingTheGap Ventures

2021 Impact Advisors

Jeff Hoffman

Chairman, Global Entrepreneurship Network

Peter Nguyen

Founder & CEO, Ad Exchange Group

Brandi Veil

Founder and CEO, Being Investments Company

Ari Eisenstat

Futurist Innovation Educator and Impact Investor

Justin Markell

Director of Community, Kindred and Founder, Good Decisions Only

Virginia Salas Kastilio

Hyper Connector and Founder, I Trust You

We are a global community united for impact